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National Football Team Coach Optimistic Despite Loss in World Cup Qualifiers

Namibia – Collin Benjamin, coach of Namibia’s senior national football team, remains optimistic despite the team’s opening loss in the 2026 FIFA African World Cup qualifiers. Benjamin expressed satisfaction with the team’s performance against Equatorial Guinea and is focused on their next match.

According to Namibian Press Agency (NAMPA), Namibia’s campaign in the World Cup qualifiers, which began last week, saw them face Equatorial Guinea in their first match. Drawn in Group H alongside Equatorial Guinea, Tunisia, Malawi, Liberia, and São Tomé and Príncipe, the Namibian team currently stands fifth in the group after losing their opening match by a single goal on 15 November 2023.

In an interview with Nampa, Benjamin noted the team’s commendable organization, commitment, and discipline during the match. Although they missed scoring opportunities leading to the defeat, he was pleased with the players’ attitude and fitness, especially in the challenging humid weather of Equatorial Guinea.

Looking ahead to their next match against São Tomé and Príncipe, Benjamin acknowledged that while their initial target of four points from the opening matches is out of reach, the team remains committed to fighting for every point. The players are also competing for positions in the squad for the African Nations Cup scheduled for January 2024 in Ivory Coast.

Benjamin highlighted the performance of individual players, noting Uetuuru Kambato’s need for more international experience and Ivan Kamberipa’s impressive showing at right back. Despite some setbacks in the opening match, such as conceding a goal and allowing numerous set-pieces, Benjamin praised the mental resilience of his players and remains confident in their ability to achieve their goals moving forward.

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